After 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hannes Storm discovered two small parcels of land with particularly exceptional terroirs, one in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the other in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. These vineyards were planted in 2008 to the tiny red bunched grape variety that he loves dearly. Storm’s maiden vintage saw the light in 2012, but only in 2015 was able to dedicate 100% of his time to his own project.
Since 2012, Storm crafts Vrede Pinot Noir from low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Shale soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Ignis Pinot Noir (previously Moya’s) from decomposed Granite soils in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Two newcomers were added to the portfolio in 2015 - Vrede Chardonnay from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Ridge Pinot Noir from low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Shale soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Storm Wines is the only producer with Pinot Noirs from each of the three appellations in the Hemel-en-Aarde.
Storm Wines strives to steer the purest characteristics of each site towards bottle and cork. Small production, careful viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World present the wines with distinctive personality and character.
Vrede Chardonnay hails from a northeast facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils.
This natural fermented, basket pressed wine shows great balance and length. Citrus, spice and pear aromas give way to a long and dry mineral finish.
Not flashy or overly fruity, but with crisp fruit, good length and minerality – characteristic of the site’s low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils.
Vrede Pinot Noir hails from a steep northeast facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils.
This basket pressed, native yeast fermented wine shows great balance and length from the natural acidity and displays richness and generosity with alluring, opulent dark fruit perfume. A silky, but structured palate compliments the voluptuous fruit perfume.